• A One-Night Stay for Two in a Classic Guest Room, Sundays through Thursdays
• $15 Credit for Cascades Restaurant
• Combine Vouchers to Stay for Up to Three Nights
In the shadow of The Needles peak on 55 yawning acres, The Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado, has a reputation as widespread as the Rockies. A stay at the imposing Georgian Revival property—its white exterior in stark contrast to the deep green landscape—inspired Stephen King's best-selling horror novel The Shining.
The lovingly preserved hotel hasn't changed much in the intervening years—cavernous hallways and a gracious ballroom are sublime reminders of its original era. Guest rooms remain as grand as ever, with stately furnishings, plush bedding, and oversized windows. But be sure to keep alert no matter what chamber you stay in: Many of its first residents, though seldom seen, linger a century later.
Just listen for the sound of the owner's wife playing piano in the Music Room, or children laughing as they scurry up and down the halls of the fourth floor. The Stanley's original housekeeper still rearranges the furniture in iconic Room 217 from time to time. None of these folks are still alive, of course, but they make for friendly company when you find yourself alone inside America's original haunted hotel.
Beyond The Stanley, Estes Park, Colorado, is a natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts and a gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Although only 6,000 people make their permanent homes here, the town welcomes nearly three million visitors per year to hike the Bear Lake Trailhead, fish on Lone Pine Lake, and play in the winter snowfall. But if you'd like to put your feet up, there's plenty of relaxation in this mountain outpost, too; intimate art exhibits, casual dining, and cozy nightlife succeed at making inside as great as out.
All work and no play would make anyone dull. Indulge your fun-loving side by snowshoeing through Rocky Mountain National Park with a group from the Estes Park Mountain Shop, or drive an hour south to hit the slopes of Eldora Mountain Resort. Later, pass the twilight hours in the hotel's sculpture garden before pulling up a seat at Cascades for an exquisite steak dinner.
When the moon rises, brave guests can gather their wits for a spirited tour of the property's haunted history, learning about the paranormal phenomena and wandering the Concert Hall—where ghosts are most active—in the pitch black of night.
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The Stanley Hotel
Haunted Hotel from Stephen King's The Shining
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